[Interest] Qt 5.9 and OpenSSL 1.1?

Roland Hughes roland at logikalsolutions.com
Tue Oct 1 01:11:37 CEST 2019

On 9/17/19 5:00 AM, Thiago Macieira wrote:
> It's believed the Stuxnet attack
> against Iran's nuclear energy labs was started by dropping USB flash drives in
> the parking lot.

While there are hacker groups who operate that way, I'm not buying the 
story. Mainly I don't buy it because the "security videos" or whatever 
they were called put out as part of the propaganda for the facility 
showed everyone wearing the white bunny suits. Getting a flash drive 
through the airgap inspection barrier would require someone to palm it 
rather skillfully (assuming those really are the one piece bunny suits 
without pockets.)


A much more plausible story was put out by a retired U-2 pilot in "A 
Dangerous Element."


It was an "activity tracker" watch. Been a while since I read the book, 
but I believe the story relied on bluetooth security (non-existent in 
early bluetooth products) ala "Person of Interest" phone cloning.



The book is a good read and activity trackers fit the time frame too. 
The long sleeved bunny suit would have easily covered up a watch if 
security was even considering a watch a threat back then. The story, 
according to the book, about how it "got out" was that he kept the watch 
on all of the time even when using his home computer.

I know Wikipedia is pushing the flash drive story but the story in that 
book is much more believable.

Adding insult to injury is a medical device manufacturer I've dealt with 
has for _years_ had computers which not only shut down if a flash drive 
is plugged in, they will not reboot. You have to take them into 
security, undergo and interrogation and most likely be escorted from the 
property. The last time I talked with them I was told they wanted me to 
replace someone who had just discovered that particular mystery of life. 
That place makes infusion pumps for cancer patients. They don't refine 
radioactive material or do anything clandestine. They all looked like 
ordinary Dell laptops to me.

Personally I just find it incredible that a facility engaged in 
enrichment would allow USB ports to be both exposed and unsecured.

Roland Hughes, President
Logikal Solutions


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